Matt DiBenedetto looks forward to his return at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the new time & schedule of September.
Last week’s run at Darlington halted so early within Stage 3 over a rear end issue.
He & GO FAS Racing are determined to get the No.32 car home by sticking together week in, week out.
His Indianapolis Motor Speedway Cup Record
DiBenedetto made three starts at the 2.5-mile oval in Speedway, Indiana since 2015.
He finished 32nd on his debut out of a 40 car field, two laps down in the No.83 car.
The following year, things didn’t turn out great where he suffered an engine issue on Lap 4.
With no movement at all to help him get back out, he ended in 40th.
But last year has to be memorable when DiBenedetto stayed out and persisted on until the very end of the race.
From 27th, he & the GO FAS crew forced their way into their 2nd ever Top 10 finish in 8th spot.
- Three Starts
- 333 of 501 Laps Completed, 66.5%
- One Top 10, 33.3%
- Average Start: 32.3 & Finish: 26.7
- DNF: One
Besides, he made two more XFINITY Series starts at this track between 2014 & 2016.
But neither of these starts have finished as he barely completed 16 laps combined before suffering a vibration & brakes through the following two occasions respectively.
- Two Starts
- 16 of 163 Laps Completed, 9.8%
- Average Start: 32.5 & Finish: 38.5
- DNF: Two
His 2018 Season So Far.
- 25 Starts
- 6574 of 7029 Laps Completed, 93.5%
- Six Laps Led
- Highest Starting Spot: 18th, March 2018 in Fontana & July 2018 at Pocono
- Best Finish: 7th, July 2018 in Daytona
- One Top 10, 4%
- Average Start: 29.4 & Finish: 26.5
- He currently sits 30th in the Drivers’ Standings with 267 Points.
- DNF: Five
- 27th, Daytona 500 (Brakes)
- 31st, Atlanta
- 22nd, Las Vegas
- 25th, Phoenix
- 31st, Fontana
- 32nd, Martinsville
- 16th, Texas
- 21st, Bristol
- 16th, Richmond
- 19th, Talladega
- 29th, Dover
- 22nd, Kansas
- 37th, Charlotte (Oil Leak) & Pocono (Brakes)
- 36th, Michigan
- 17th, Sonoma
- 29th, Chicago
- 7th, Daytona 2
- 37th, Kentucky (Vibration)
- 28th, New Hampshire
- 27th, Pocono
- 33rd, Watkins Glen
- 24th, Michigan 2
- 22nd, Bristol 2
- 38th, Darlington (Rear End)
Not long ago, Matt DiBenedetto decided that 2018 will be his last year at GO FAS Racing.
It’s two long years since he first joined this organization having delivered three Top 10 finishes so far.
And based on the growth DiBenedetto built over time, he feels he’s ready to move on and take a more significant challenge ahead.
So it’s fair to say that he worked extremely hard and earned his opportunity by showcasing consistent results on a stricter budget.
Yes, he does want to win races, that’s the golden target for any driver to achieve in NASCAR.
He does need a top-quality team with the best equipment possible that will help DiBenedetto unlock his potential.
Who could it be?
Where Matt DiBenedetto should drive next year (Predicted)?
Maybe GO FAS tieing up with Stewart-Haas Racing via technical alliance would help DiBenedetto replace Kurt Busch.
And in return, they send Cole Custer over his old spot in the No.32 car.
It’s most likely that Stewart-Haas will pick a driver who shone well with limited resources available based on experience and then take a punt that will hopefully see him guide them to the top.
Like how Aric Almirola shone from a single car team to regularly challenging the Top 10, DiBenedetto can do the same.
He ticks all these boxes, and as long as sponsorship is sorted with the No.41 car next year, then he’s in the team.
People would like Cole Custer sitting up top too.
But at this stage, he does need some on-hands experience at Cup level from the ground up.
GO FAS Racing is a perfect spot for Custer to expand his development.
Stewart-Haas don’t want to take risks in a scenario that is similar what Joe Gibbs Racing did with Daniel Suarez.
His results don’t sound as high compared to the other three cars performing out on the race track.
Hence, Suarez’s at insufficient risk of losing his spot to Martin Truex Jr. by the end of the season.
Whether he comes in as the XFINITY Series Champion or not, Custer does need to produce natural finishes like DiBenedetto earned before he’s ready to gain a promotion at SHR.
Cole Custer does have the enormous talent based on his young age.
But driving for a top team straight away may prove too difficult for him at this stage.
We’ll see how this goes over the next few days to weeks.
And this driver move between DiBenedetto-Custer proves right then it works best for all parties starting from 2019.
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